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Book Review: A Head Full Of Ghosts

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2015 by bodybagbetty

Title: A Head Full of Ghosts
Author: Paul Tremblay
Publisher: William Morrow
Review by Lisa Vasquez

unnamedSynopsis: Merry Barette are your average suburban family – until mom and dad find themselves faced with a layoff, financial problems and Merry’s teenage sister Marjorie who seems to be having issues that go beyond your typical pubescent problems.

When Marjorie stops eating and starts sneaking into Merry’s room at night, things start taking a wild turn into a dark tale reminiscent of Amityville Horror and The Exorcist. When seeing a psychologist doesn’t help matters, Mr. Barette turns to his faith by seeking out the priest of their local parish.

This book was on Stephen King’s recommended list and he said it “scared the Hell out of him”. Being the horror addict that I am, Ihad to snag this book and read it! It should be noted that when the “King of Horror” says something scares him, you go in with high expectation. It is with a disappointed heart that I tell you that I was let down.

The writing was OK and the story held my interest but I kept getting this build-up only to be left hanging. There were a couple of scenes that were creepy, and there was of course the obligatory “creepy wall walking” scene, but overall? I just kept sighing and thinking, “C’mon with the scary stuff!”

I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of “live footage” movies or “reality” television, so when Paul Tremblay added this element, I felt like it gave the reader the feeling of being staged. Which is really what The Amityville story was even though I know that deep down inside all of us were hoping for proof of a real demonic entity. And we were all pretty pissed when it turned out to be a sham.

As much as I want to give the ending away and save you all the time it took to read the book, I won’t. Not because the ending is what you’ll expect (unless you’re like me and you figure things out right away) but because the book isn’t a bad read. If you get creeped out easily, you might even enjoy it. To the writer’s credit, there are a couple of thrills dispersed throughout but I personally found the main character, Merry, to be irritating and distracting. Tremblay adds the element of Merry’s blog which was typical of a freshman’s Facebook page timeline complete with annoying caps lock and excessive exclamation points.

Did it scare the Hell out of me? No. In fact, I read it before bed every night and slept just fine.

Could it be that I hyped this book up because Stephen King was scared to death by it? Most likely. And for that, I apologize to Peter Tremblay because that’s a whole lot of pressure.

SCORE: 3 out of 5 skulls

Lisa Vasquez currently resides in Houston, Tx with her Brady Bunch sized family and menagerie of pets. She works for the Horror Writer’s Association as the Publisher’s Liason, Burning Willow Press as the Head of the Graphic Design Department, has her own magazine debuting in November 2015 (Inked Muse Press Magazine) and moonlights by day as an Executive Assistant.

Editor-in-Chief – Inked Muse Press Magazine
Author of The Unsaintly Series
Publishers Liaison – Horror Writer’s Association
Creative Design Director – Burning Willow Press

Nightmare Fuel — Sawney Bean

Posted in News on September 27, 2015 by Donald "D.J." Pitsiladis

Hello Addicts!

Cannibal families have long been a staple of horror movies.  Some of the more famous ones being The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of a Thousand Corpses, and The Hills Have Eyes.  Today I thought I’d share a spotlight on one of the famous cases that contributed in large part to those movies, that of Sawney Bean.

According to the legends, Sawney Bean lived with his family in a seaside cave in Scotland around the Fifteenth or Sixteenth Century. They were an incestuous family that consisted of forty-eight people: Sawney, his wife, their fourteen children, and thirty-two grandchildren.  The family lived off the land and the flesh and blood of any poor soul who wandered too close.  Stories say that, after they killed their prey, they would then butcher the bodies and pickle the flesh they didn’t use right away.  The family managed to avert capture, aided by the cave entrance being covered during high tide, for years.  According to some accounts, they murdered around one thousand people before their capture and eventual execution.

As gruesome and possible as this legend is, many historians are unsure of the story’s validity.  They cite the rampant anti-Scottish slant that fits a little too well with England’s view of the Scots at the time.  Sawney was a common generic name at the time to describe anyone from Scotland, much like Paddy when describing the Irish.  The one consistency that remains with the story is it’s ability to frighten, making it a good boogeyman story for children.

Until next time Addicts…

Donald “D.J.” Pitsiladis

David’s Haunted Library: The Cliffhouse Haunting

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2015 by David Watson


The Cliffside Lodge has a history dating back to 1887. Not only has it been a place to stay for people enjoying the beauty of Blue Lady Lake, but it was also a place with a dark history. In the twenties a serial killer called the Bodice Ripper terrorized the town and a ghost called The Blue Lady was seen when a death was about to occur.

Flash forward to the present and a new serial killer is terrorizing the town and the Blue Lady is making her presence known again. At the Cliffside Lodge, wet foot prints are being spotted in rooms, disembodied voices are being heard and when people look in the mirror they see the face of the Blue Lady.

What can I say about The Cliffside Haunting by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross other than it left me with a huge smile on my face. I’ve been a fan of Tamara Thorne going back to the mid nineties. I like her writing because her books have great characters and she creates a detailed mythology. Also her stories have just the right amount of horror, smut, and humor that I look for in a book.

The Cliffside Haunting is no exception, it was obvious that Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne had a lot of fun writing this and it was hard to put down. I would love to know the writing process behind this book because all the characters are so detailed and a lot of them reminded me of people I knew. I’m not sure who wrote what in this book but by the end of it I was wanting to read any solo work that Alistair Cross has out along with re-reading Tamara’s books.

The best part of The Cliffside Haunting is without a doubt the characters. The serial killer referred to as Hammerhead who hates everyone including the ghost who helps him is a perfect villain. We also have characters who are self-centered and egotistical but at the same time are fascinating because we’ve all met people like this. Authoress Constance Welling thinks she is God’s gift to the world but no one else seems to like her. I kept hoping that nothing bad would happen to her in the book because the scenes that she is in were so entertaining. There is one scene when she is doing a fortune-telling act that’s one of the funniest and most outrageous scenes I’ve ever read in a book. Another great character is Dr. Siechert who will want to make you stay away from doctors for the rest of your life and is part of a very funny scene which takes place in a supermarket.

In addition to memorable characters in this book I also loved the detailed history of the Cliffside lodge and how the mystery of the Blue Lady unfolds. I loves how The Cliffside Haunting goes back and forth from being funny to scary and it was hard to predict where the story would go next. There are some gruesome death scenes in this book and one in particular had me laughing and cringing at the same time. All I’m going to say about it is beware of the chocolate wanderer. You want to know what it is? You need to read the book; you won’t be disappointed.

25968318Another book I read recently was a novella by Paul Di Filippo and Claudio Chillemi called The Horror at Ganico Rosso. Set in the early 1900’s, this story tells the tale of retired detective named Joe who gets called back to work to solve a series of murders that’s related to a case that he worked on years ago. The murders are linked to the mummies of the Capuchin Catacombs and they may hint at a threat that is coming to earth from another dimension.

The Horror At Gancio Rosso is a short but entertaining read that is inspired by the works of H..P. Lovecraft. This story includes monsters, mummies,parallel dimensions and occult happenings.It also has a good mystery with intriguing characters in an eerie setting. The book had a pulp fiction type feel to it, the story is simple, entertaining and throws a lot of strange creatures and villains at you in a short period of time which is all a true horror fan can ask for. All in all this book is a lot of fun and reminded me of the type of stories that I’ve enjoyed in Weird Tales magazine and it’s a must read if You are a fan of Lovecraft.

25405077If you’re into works of strange fiction set in a futuristic world filled with violence and terror then you should check out Alessandro Manzetti’s Massacre Of The Mermaids. This book contains six stories in a futuristic Rome ruled by a She-Pope. Some of the items you will see in this book include women who get fishtails sewed on them and then are brutally tortured as part of a new religion, human landfills, a slaughterhouse prison and much more. This book is not for the faint of heart but it’s interesting to see how some of the subjects talked about in this book mirror some of the things we have in the present day.

This is a hard book to talk about, the stories were confusing to me but the imagery in each story was so good I wanted to keep reading. The way things are described here are dark and disturbing and the stories are so off the wall that I had to keep reading to find out where each one would go next. Alessandro Manzetti describes things like no other author has and Massacre Of The Mermaids shows how much of a work of art bizarre fiction can be. This book may be ultra-violent but the settings described give a great idea of how creative a horror story can be and it would be interesting to see a novel set in the world that Manzetti has created here.


Free Fiction Friday: Mould and Blood

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest


Mould & Blood

By DJ Tyrer


Black & RedThe estate echoed to the sounds of anger. Locals had gathered to protest against the closure of the Sure Start Centre and, in no time at all, they’d been joined by black-hooded anarchists who’d taken the opportunity to stage a generalised riot. With an ironic twist, the shattering of the Centre’s windows would mean it would be closed a while regardless.

Malcolm turned away from the sight of a masked and hooded figure waving a black-and-red bicolour flag in the midst of the glass fragments, and headed away as quickly as possible, back to his flat.

He wondered what the country was coming to: overwhelming immigration, war, cutbacks, riots – it was worse than the ‘80s. The whole country was collapsing into anarchy! What it needed was an old-fashioned dictatorship to sort things out. He spat in disgust when he saw the large graffito that covered the wall beside the door to his block, a sinuous design in red and black: obviously the work of those anarchist yobs, marking their territory in their battle with the police. Bring back the birch, he said. Bring back hanging! Even hanging was too good for them!

Inside, the block was no better than the rest of the estate. The stairwell stank of stale urine and was scattered with rubbish. It was crumbling and vandalised. It was just typical of the system that he was stuck here, in this waking nightmare of poverty and broken dreams, whilst some foreigner was milking it and living in some mansion, pumping out dozens of kids! He kicked a half-empty can of bitter down the stairs in frustration.

Malcolm’s own single-bedroom flat was just as bad. Tiny and cramped with walls caked with mould. He’d been onto his landlord repeatedly about the blight, but nothing had been done. It was like smacking his head against a brick wall trying to get something done about it and he’d more or less given up on it, accepting the smell and constant chestiness that went with it. On the news, the Housing Association had even attempted to blame the tenants for the mould in their own homes, as if they were all to blame for leaks and condensation. That was typical!

A loud bang made him jump. Some idiot had detonated a firework in the undercroft of the building. Loud noises and bright flashes seemed to satisfy simple minds.

He’d just settled down to watch the telly – not that there was really anything worth watching despite all the extra digital channels – when there was a knock on his door. He ignored it, but the knock was repeated. Probably idiot kids. The knock was repeated for a third time.

With a sigh, Malcolm hauled himself up and out of the tired old beige sofa and made the short walk to the door.

Looking through the peephole, he could see a youth in a black hoodie. It looked like one of the yobs he’d seen earlier. He wondered what he wanted. He couldn’t see his face and that made him nervous. There seemed to be a badge, maybe a gang emblem, like the head of a court jester, on the chest of his hoodie.

Fitting the door chain, he opened the door a crack and asked what he wanted. The figure raised his head to look at him and Malcolm saw that it was Steve, a kid from down the passage. A bit of a berk, like all the kids these days, but not too bad, and, being from his floor, owed a certain measure of neighbourly respect.

“I need to come in, Malc,” Steve said.


Steve looked kind of agitated and sounded sort of strange, like he was high on something; hardly an uncommon occurrence around here, although he’d never known Steve to go on a drug-fuelled rampage like some of his peers.

“I need to come in, Malc. I gotta come in, right now; gotta show you summit.”

“Show me what?”

With an inarticulate cry of frustration, Steve slammed into the door, the security chain ripping easily away from the damp-rotted wood of the doorframe. The door slammed into Malcolm, staggering him backwards into the flat.

Steve burst in, shouting something about laughing that made no sense to Malcolm but sounded exactly like the crazed ramblings of a druggie. Malcolm recoiled in fear; he could see a knife in Steve’s hand. He’d read about youths flipping out on drugs and going on a killing spree. Or, maybe this was a gang initiation. Maybe it was both.

Malcolm looked wildly around for a weapon with which to defend himself, but there was nothing. It was in that moment that Steve’s knife found him, plunging into his side, once, twice, then a slash across his throat. The last thing he saw before darkness engulfed his vision was a swirl of red upon black as blood sprayed across the mould-caked wall. The last words he heard were “The joke’s on you!” None of it made any sense.



DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines in the UK, USA and elsewhere, including State of Horror: Illinois (Charon Coin Press), Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium), Tales of the Dark Arts (Hazardous Press), Cosmic Horror (Dark Hall Press), and Sorcery & Sanctity: A Homage to Arthur Machen (Hieroglyphics Press), and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor). This story previously appeared in the collection Black & Red, available from Atlantean Publishing.


DJ Tyrer’s website is at


The Atlantean Publishing website is at


Live Actions Reviews by Crystal Connor: Abandoned in the Dark

Posted in News with tags , , on September 24, 2015 by notesfromtheauthor

Recently I came to the conclusion that I would never be able to afford all of the books on my Amazon wish list and even if I could I would never have time to read them all. So I decided on the next best thing, watching the cliff notes! When I found out that David Boyle’s anthology had been adapted into a film so on April 23rd 2015 I rented it!

For the next 83 minutes my neighbors had to endure me screaming, crying, and my expletive outburst as I watch Mike Lordi’s rendition of David Boyle’s…Abandoned in the Dark


The Core

-Yes, it was.

-You’re gonna flip out over an apple?

– Seriously. Who do you think it is your talking to?

-And of course no one saw anything.

-You’re screwed



-Told you.

Plotline: Carl, a member of the leadership team is required to sign termination letters even though he doesn’t decide who gets the ax (see what I did there…ax? lol)

Stars: 2 ½


-Ummm, I’m sorry…WHAT?!

-Don’t OMFG, don’t ever say that to anyone.

-Oh no, Peter. You’ve done did it now.

-No, Peter don’t walk…RUN away!!


-Say no.

-That’s not a miracle, the devil comes in many forms.

-Is that the job you applied for? No, it isn’t is it?

-That’s it, you’re done, they own you.

-lol, why are you tip-toeing on creaky staircase?

-WOW!!! Omg…wow.

-How is she sleeping thru all of that?

-Just hurry up and get it over with.

-Oh. My. God.

-See? I told you to leave

Plotline: Peter Delany, an out of work single father will do anything to save his daughter’s life.

Stars: 5

Close call

-What an ass.

-I couldn’t do that job

-Ok, its time to call it a night, I’m sure they’ll understand

-Its not a prank, he has the address

-Call for back up!

-Holy crap, I so did not see that coming. Lol

Plotline: A caring crisis hotline worker finds out that no good deed goes unpunished

Stars: 4



-Now who is this?

-Oh HELL no!


-Just leave.

-Aww damn, and she was just abducted. Dude just leave.

-Don’t do it…

-She’s a fucking tramp!

-No dude, he’s mad bro.

-Why are you still in the house?!

-Really dumb ass, you’re gonna get caught.

-Why are you running upstairs?!!

-Look at the compass rose! WANT!

-Why are you crying…you did this shit to yourself.


-Fix it Jesus

-Yeah he does.

-Well damn

-Dude you’re not gonna be able to shoot your way outta tha…well alrightly then.

Plotline: When he said ‘til death do us part’ he meant it.

Stars: 4

Plot: Four short horror/suspense stories seamlessly connected to one another through gripping real life conflict and extreme tension.

Who would like it: People with a light terror tolerance and the occasional horror fan.

Highpoints: Desperation! Out of the quartette this was by far my favorite, just like watching an approaching train wreck you know what’s going to happen but you can’t bring yourself to look away. I kinda knew where it was heading but when it got there I was caught off guard.

Complaints: The 1st complaint is that it’s written up as Kane Hodder being the star of this movie. He isn’t, he’s featured in the 1st film The Core, and he doesn’t even have that big of a role. It’s just like Jesse Eisenberg wasn’t the star of Camp Hell. Both movies are good enough on their own merit to have listed the bigger stars as having cameo performances…which is what they are.

The 2nd thing is movie: claims that all four films are connected but they’re not. Most of the characters in the 1st two films all work in the same building and run into each other in the elevator or hallway but none of their actions affect the outcomes of either movie. There is no connect from film two to three but if a certain event didn’t take place in the third movie, things might have turned out differently in the last film.

Overall: Even though The Core is predictable and all the chapters don’t tell different parts of the same story I enjoyed this movie. I appreciate the lack of blood and gore in favor of on making each segment a more character driven story.

Stars: 3 ½


Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at:

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! from and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!”

Press Release: Wicked Lit announces its Fall Schedule

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest
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Company Of WICKED LIT 2015
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher
Adapted by Paul Millet, Directed by Jeff G. RackWorld Premiere
The Grove of Rashomon
Adapted by Jonathan Josephson, Directed by Darin Anthony
Adapted from “In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke AkutagawaWorld Premiere
Edith Nesbit’s The Ebony Frame
Adapted by Susannah Myrvold, Directed by Jaime Robledo THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON: October 2November 14, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced the line-up for WICKED LIT 2015, the company’s 7th annual immersive theatre event that will for the 6th year take place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. The production will run from October 2November 14, 2015 and feature world premiere adaptations of The Grove of Rashomon adapted by Josephson (2013 Humana Festival, WL14: Las Lloronas) from the short story “In A Grove” by Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa & directed by Darin Anthony (Artistic Director of Moving Arts, The Book of Liz at The Blank), and The Ebony Frame adapted by regular Unbound Productions performer Susannah Myrvold from the short story by Australian writer Edith Nesbit and directed by Jaime Robledo (Stoneface, Sacred Fools and Pasadena Playhouse, 2015 SciFest).The final play of the evening will be a re-imagining of Millet’s (WL13: The Masque of the Red Death Experience, The Tell-Tale Heart) adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, directed by Rack (WL14: Dracula’s Guest, WL13: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow). The is rounded out by the Wicked Lit 2015 Frame called The System, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Dr. Tarr & Prof. Fether, conceived, written and directed by Debbie McMahon (WL14: The Monk). The Frame will be performed pre-show and during the evening’s two intervals.

The cast will include 22 actors – 19 principals and 3 swings.

Actors who are returning to Unbound Productions include (with their most recent credit): Angie Hobin (Dracula’s Guest, WL14), Kyle Fox (The Monkey’s Paw, Mountain View Mausoleum), Carlos Larkin (The New Catacomb, WL13), Tanya Mironowski (The Doll, Strub Mansion), Michael Prichard (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, WL13), Tina Van Berckelaer (The Spirits of Walpurgisnacht, WL14) and swings Elyse Ashton (The Spirits of Walpurgisnacht, WL14) and Eric Keitel (Dracula’s Guest, WL14).

New actors to Unbound include: Alan Abelew, Deborah Dominguez, Kevin Dulude, Joe Fria, Sachiyo K., Arthur Keng, West Liang, Hisato Masuyam, Devon Michaels, Mark Ostrander, Robert Paterno, Alpha Takahashi, Kazumi Zatkin, and swing Laura Napoli.

“Last year’s show was the biggest, most ambitious production we ever attempted and it was also by far our most successful,” said Rack, who also oversees the production design and special effects for the event. “We are thrilled to bring back old friends and excited to add great theatre artists such as Darin and Jaime, who are new to WICKED LIT but well-known to LA theatre audiences.”

Said Millet, “Every year, we push ourselves to instill WICKED LIT with more surprises and more creative ways to tell great classic stories. We have become known as a Halloween event but we take great pride in our commitment to playwrights and our theatrical work.”

The Grove of Rashomon and The Ebony Frame are the 25th and 26th plays to receive their world premiere from Unbound.

“We are also very proud of the fact that our shows continue to broaden in terms of theatrical diversity, both in terms of manner-of-storytelling, as well as the international impact of our source material and the makeup of our creative team,” said Josephson. “Last year, one of our plays was inspired by a Mexican folktale, this year, one of our plays is inspired by a Japanese story and will feature an all Asian and Asian-American cast. Another one of our plays was adapted from a lauded female author from Australia by the wonderfully talented Susannah Myrvold. It is important to us that we bring a wide range of unique, creative voices to our productions.”

WICKED LIT 2014 played to 100% capacity over six weeks and drew over 3,000 patrons to Altadena. The immersive event was named “Best Halloween Attraction” for the second year in a row by Hollywood Gothique (ahead of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary) and Terry Morgan of Stage Raw said “An autumnal treat! For those who want to celebrate Halloween in an unusually theatrical way, this event won’t disappoint.”

WICKED LIT 2015 will run seven weeks and feature the popular behind-the-scenes “Backstage Experiences” that was introduced last year for an additional fee. This fundraising initiative allows a small number of guests to receive insight from the creators of the show while touring the Mausoleum.

WICKED LIT audiences will experience three short plays as they are led through the grounds of the mausoleum and cemetery by Storyguides. WICKED LIT is a walking show – patrons must be able to comfortably walk a minimum of 2,000 steps and climb stairs in order to experience this production. WICKED LIT 2015 contains mature themes, theatrical violence, and sexual situations – the production is recommended for audiences ages 16+. The running time will be approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including two intervals.

The first WICKED LIT production was staged in 2009 on the grounds of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Since that time, nearly 10,000 patrons have enjoyed full productions of adaptations of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Robert E. Howard, Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others at Greystone Mansion, Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery and numerous installation events throughout Southern California.

The mission of Unbound Productions, the theatre company that produces WICKED LIT, is to re-imagine timeless stories for new audiences by creating immersive, theatrical adaptations of literature.

Visit for complete pricing and scheduling details. WICKED LIT is also on Facebook.


The Grove of Rashomon
By Jonathan Josephson
Directed by Darin Anthony
Adapted from “In A Grove” by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

Masago, a maiden, is missing and her samurai, Takehiko, is dead. As her mother investigates the brutal crime, she encounters numerous versions of what happened on that fateful night in a haunting cedar grove. Staged in the cemetery at Mountain View, The Grove of Rashomon is a re-imagining of the iconic short story that inspired the Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon.

Featuring Sachiyo K., Arthur Keng, West Liang, Hisato Masuyam, Robert Paterno, Alpha Takahashi, and Kazumi Zatkin

The Fall of the House of Usher
By Paul Millet
Directed by Jeff G. Rack
Adapted from the short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe

An enhanced, updated version of the play that was featured in the very first Wicked Lit at Greystone Mansion in 2009, this macabre tale of desperation and ambition will be staged inside the iconic mausoleum on the Mountain View grounds. Nathaniel has received a desperate and mysterious letter from his friend Roderick Usher. When he arrives, he is drawn into a nightmare world that brings a family’s horrifying past into an even more twisted and perverse present.

Featuring Carlos Larkin, Tanya Mironowski, Devon Michaels and Michael Prichard.

The Ebony Frame
By Susannah Myrvold
Directed by Jaime Robledo
Adapted from the short story of the same name by Edith Nesbit

Henry just inherited a lavish home from a relative he never met, and he is engaged to a woman who adores him beyond words – so things are good. But there is something about that painting that is just captivating – but what is it? Ah – nothing that can’t be sorted out by a Satanic wedding.

Featuring Deborah Dominguez, Kevin Dulude, Joe Fria, Angie Hobin and Tina Van Berckelaer.

The System (The Wicked Lit 2015 Frame)
Conceived, written & directed by Debbie McMahon
Based on the short story The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether by Edgar Allan Poe

Come one, come all, and enjoy our merry play! Get well, heal fast – just avoid Nurse Racher.

Featuring Alan Abelew, Kevin Dulude, Kyle Fox and Mark Ostrander.


October 2 – November 14, 2015, Limited engagement!
Thursday, October 1 (preview)
Friday-Sunday, Oct 2-4;
Thursday-Sunday, Oct 8-11;
Thursday-Sunday, Oct 15-18;
Wednesday-Sunday, Oct 21-25;
Wednesday-Sunday, Oct 28-Nov 1
Thursday-Sunday, Nov 5-8
Thursday-Saturday, Nov 12-14

All performances will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $35-75, see website for details.
Backstage Experience passes will be available for an additional $25.
For more information go to or call (323) 332-2065.

Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery
2300 N. Marengo Ave. Altadena CA 91001
Please consult a map before driving to the Mausoleum












Founded in 2008 by Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet and Jeff G. Rack, Unbound Productions is a nonprofit theatre company whose mission is to reimagine timeless stories for new audiences by creating immersive, theatrical adaptations of literature. Since our first full production of Wicked Lit in 2009, over 15,000 patrons have enjoyed our immersive theatre events at venues ranging from Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, to Pasadena Museum of History, to Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood. Unbound has also presented staged readings at Long Beach Comic Con, Pasadena Art Walk, the West Hollywood Book Fair, NoHo Lit Crawl, The Chance Theatre, The Echo Theatre Company, and many other venues and events. Unbound has produced 26 world premiere plays throughout its history, some of which have gone on to be produced at venues across the country as well as Scotland, England and Cameroon.


The scope of Wicked Lit is to create dynamic new adaptations of classic horror literature. Over 10,000 patrons have enjoyed Wicked Lit productions and installations since Wicked Lit 2009 at the haunted Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. From 2010-2015, Wicked Lit has been staged at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena where audiences walk through the hallways of the mausoleum and among the headstones in the cemetery as our plays are staged all around. Unbound has also produced special installations of Mark Twain’s A Ghost Story (Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel in conjunction with the 2011 Theatre Communications Group National Conference), Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart (LA Mart in conjunction with ScareLA), and The Doll (Strub Mansion at the historic Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena). Since 2008, Unbound has also mounted over 100 free staged readings of Wicked Lit plays at libraries, schools, festivals, and special events all over Southern California including the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, NoHo LitWalk, Pasadena ArtWalk, West Hollywood Book Fair, Long Beach Comic Con and theaters such as The Chance Theatre, The Antaeus Company, The Blank Theatre Company, High Street Performing Arts Center, and many others.


Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2015 by Horror Addicts Guest
Unnatural attacks the Next Slot in the Horror Festival

Los Angeles, CA (August 18, 2015) – Courtney Solomon’s After Dark Films is set to release the next ravenous horror film Unnatural in the ‘8 Films to Die For’ horror line up, hitting theaters October 16, 2015.  This latest addition travels us to the cold stark Alaskan wilderness promising plenty of screams with no one to hear them.

Written by Ron Carlson & Arch Stanton, directed by Hank Braxtan and produced by Ron Carlson, the film preys on our fear of the unknown and the Unnatural.

“This film takes us far from Civilization to the land of blood and snow, where it answers the age old question of what happens when Man plays God” says Stephanie Caleb, EVP of Creative Affairs & Acquisitions at After Dark Films.

The film stars James Remar (Dexter), Sherilyn Fenn (Rude Awakening), Graham Greene (The Green Mile), Stephanie Hodes (Life Blood), Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World), Ivana Korab (If You Only Knew), Ray Wise (RoboCop), and Allegra Carpenter (The Fault in Our Stars).

“I really tried to take an old school approach to the movie,” said director Hank Braxtan, “we shot on anamorphic lenses, and I tried to do every gag, kill, and effect in camera.  Our bear is a real animatronics monster, made by masters of the craft, so what you see on screen is really there.  It was a challenge, as it always is with practicals, but that’s the magic of filmmaking.”

Official Synopsis:

A morally ambiguous corporation experiments with genetic modification resulting in the creation of a man-hunting creature. When it escapes, a group of unsuspecting cabin dwellers become its prey in a horrifying game of cat and mouse. 

‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD.

“We shot this film further north in the month of January than any other feature known to date,” says producer Ron Carlson, “it was 40 degrees below zero and I said to myself, ‘if the cold doesn’t kill us, this Thing certainly will.’ ”

Ian Brereton negotiated the deal on behalf of After Dark Films.

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About After Dark Films:

After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest “8 Films To Die For” between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 was released in the third quarter of 2013.

After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc.).

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.


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